MicroMillions drawing adrenaline junkies, champions
When I asked Mark Scott, winner of MicroMillions 6 Event #4 about the most interesting thing that's happened to him in the past year, he took his answer to a greater height then I might have imagined. Then he jumped off.
"It would have to be going bungee jumping in Whistler this past summer," he said. "It was a rush like nothing else. A couple of buddies and I drove up for my birthday, jumped, and then had some drinks in Whistler Village that night."
A year ago, Scott, a 29-year-old from Vancouver, packed everything he could fit into his car and drove from Ontario to British Columbia. It wasn't unlike his descent from the platform at Whistler.
"I wasn't having much luck in Ontario, so I took a leap," he sad. "One year later, and I couldn't be happier on the West coast."
It also wasn't bad for him to pick up more than $11,000 for his MicroMillions victory. After all, it cost him less than $6 to get in.
In just the past week, MicroMillions players have won more than $4.4 million. The biggest of those winners was ramastar88 who won Event 32 for $30,000 on an $11 buy-in.
But, if you want to meet the MicroMillions winner who's gone to the greatest heights of all, you'll want to check in with Mads Steninge Petersen, a 24-year-old law student from Aarhus, Denmark. His Event #10 bink won him $10,000 on a $1 buy-in. That's impressive, but not nearly so much as what he's done before. Behold, your champion on his way to the top of the world.
That's Petersen at Mt. Everest base camp. It's just one of the things he has done this year. He also ran a marathon in Copenhagen. That's in addition to being a big part of a local soccer team, helping mentor young neighborhood kids, and going to law school. He's a busy guy who digs adrenaline in a big way.
If that seems irrelevant, you have to consider what happened to him at a critical point in his MicroMillions run.
Things were going well, and the final table was in sight. He looked at his screen to see pocket kings. Glorious! The player under the gun shoved all-in. Super glorious!
His computer locked up. Everything froze.
If you're not up-to-date on how these things work, that's very bad. It's decidedly not glorious.
The PokerStars' disconnect protection system ticked away. And ticked away. And ticked away. And then everything came back. Petersen had one second left before the computer would have automatically folded his pocket kings. He hit the call button just in time to find himself up against pocket nines. He won and went on to win the tournament.
"I want to say sorry for the slowroll to that guy," he said. "It wasn't on purpose."
Now, that is adrenaline.
Want your own story? It's not hard, nor is it expensive. MicroMillions 6 runs through the weekend with a huge $1 million guaranteed event for a $22 buy-in on Sunday. Visit the MicroMillions site for more details.
Brad Willis is the PokerStars head of Blogging